Experienced Uber Accident Lawyer in Tampa FL
If you’ve been injured in a car accident involving an Uber, it’s important to call an experienced Uber accident lawyer in Tampa right away. The Uber accident lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, have extensive experience representing victims of Uber accidents and can help you file an Uber accident claim to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
What Is Uber and How Does it Work?
Unlike traditional taxicabs, in order to use a rideshare service, you need to download an app and arrange for pickup. Rideshare drivers are typically not licensed chauffeurs and use their own vehicles when transporting passengers. Drivers are considered independent contractors and not actual employees of the companies for which they drive. Drivers decide when and how long they want to drive. Payment for rides is made through the rideshare app.
Uber is a popular ride-sharing app that allows you to request rides from drivers who are nearby and available at the time of your request. The service has been growing rapidly, but it’s not without its risks. If you have been injured while using Uber, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages. At The Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Law Firm, our Tampa car accident lawyers can help you determine if you have a case against the company or one of its drivers. Contact us.
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When intoxicated people responsibly take an Uber or other rideshare, they are effectively decreasing the number of drunk driving accidents that happen on Florida roads. However, this does not mean that Uber accidents don’t also happen on the same roads. In fact, according to an in-depth study conducted by The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the introduction of ride-sharing services like Uber is “associated with a 3% increase in the number of motor vehicle fatalities and fatal accidents.”
Uber itself reported in Uber’s US Safety Report “there were 107 total fatalities in 2017 and 2018 across 97 fatal crashes reported in relation to the Uber app.”
What Happens When You Are in an Accident in an Uber?
If you are in an Uber accident, the first thing to do is remain calm and call 911 to request police and medical services right away. It will be helpful to know where you are, what road you are traveling on, and what direction you are headed. This information can help emergency responders locate you more quickly.
After receiving medical attention, it’s crucial to call an Uber accident lawyer right away to start the Uber accident claim process as soon as possible. You do not need to contact your personal insurance company first.
Uber Accident Settlement Examples
Many people get injured in crashes involving Uber vehicles. Sometimes these crashes are the fault of an Uber driver and other times they are the fault of another driver. Regardless, the passenger of the Uber should not be considered at fault. Our firm has handled numerous cases involving Uber vehicles. Here are two Uber accident settlement examples:
In one of these cases, our client was a driver for Uber who was working at the time the defendant negligently struck our client’s vehicle in the rear. Our client suffered several herniated discs in his neck and lower back. He underwent conservative care followed by injections into the spine. We made a claim against the at-fault party and their insurance company and after extensive negotiations, we were able to resolve the case for a fair and reasonable amount of monetary compensation to our injured client.
In another case, our client was a passenger in an Uber vehicle when the driver stopped to allow an ambulance to proceed. The defendant driver was unable to stop in time and ended up striking the Uber vehicle in the rear. Our client suffered neck and back injuries for which he treated conservatively with a chiropractor. Through his doctor, we demonstrated that our client would require long-term care in the future for his condition. Again, we were able to settle the case for an amount that provided our injured client fair compensation for their injuries.
How Do You File an Uber Claim in Florida?
You can file a claim with Uber on their website. However, an experienced lawyer for Uber accident settlements in Tampa can help you do that quickly and efficiently.
Does Uber Compensate for Accidents?
As stated on their website, all Uber rides are insured. Uber’s insurance policy covers damages caused by third parties, such as negligent drivers. It also provides coverage for injuries sustained by passengers when their vehicles collide with those driven by Uber drivers.
If you are a passenger in an Uber and become injured in an accident, you should be covered by the rideshare liability policy. The coverage should protect you even if your driver was not at fault for the accident. This insurance would also cover anyone outside the vehicle that is injured by the rideshare vehicle while a passenger is being transported if the driver is found at fault.
Florida law requires all vehicle owners to carry a minimum amount of car insurance. The minimum required is $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) and $10,000 in property damage liability insurance (PDL). In the case of rideshare drivers, Florida law requires more than the minimum. Rideshare drivers are required to have a minimum of $50,000 in liability insurance per person and $100,000 per incident, in addition to $25,000 in property damage coverage. This coverage applies while a rideshare driver is logged into the rideshare app and waiting to connect with a passenger. Florida law additionally requires $1 million in liability insurance which applies when a rideshare driver is either driving to pick up a new passenger or dropping a passenger off at their destination.
When you are involved in a rideshare accident, liability and insurance claims can be complex and confusing. Chances are you’re not only dealing with the rideshare company’s insurance but also possibly with the driver’s insurance and your own insurance.
Injured in an Uber Accident? Get a free Consultation From a Tampa Uber Accident Attorney Now
If you’ve been injured in a rideshare accident, an experienced Uber attorney in Tampa and nearby FL can help you navigate the complicated insurance issues. Contact the trusted lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk online or call us at 1-866-902-9844 to schedule your free consultation.
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